Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  A cheer went up when the ticket booths opened at Busch Stadium promptly at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

But those cheers turned to groans for many just a few minutes later when it was announced that tickets for the soccer tilt between English Premier League clubs Chelsea and Manchester City had been sold out.

“I do not have any tickets left, sir,” a ticket saleman started telling buyers around 10:15 am.

“42,000 seats are gone,” one empty-handed and disgruntled fan told KMOX News. “But the problem is they told us (Monday) they would go on sale here (at Busch) Tuesday at 10 o’clock.”

He feels he didn’t get all the information he needed from event organizers and thus wasted a trip down to the stadium to stand in the morning chill, all for naught.

“Last night they opened it up to the general public online so they basically didn’t tell us the truth,” the man concluded.

The purchase tickets feature on the St. Louis Cardinals/Busch Stadium website has been deactivated.

Those who did manage to snag some soccer ducats before the windows slammed shut, like Zane of St. Louis, tried to explain the appeal to those who scratch their heads over the worldwide popularity of “football”.

“If you’re a real soccer fan you’ll sit there for 45 minutes straight (one half of a regulation match) on the edge of your seat waiting for action to happen,” Zane explained. “It’s a great game to watch.”

Chelsea and Manchester City, two of the top teams in the EPL, are set to play a friendly match at Busch on May 23rd.


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